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#26                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

After all, it is a fine thing for every citizen to
have the liberty of seeing and accosting the chief
of the State and laying their grievances at the
fountain head. They may not be redressed, for
that must depend upon various causes and com-
binations; but you are, at least, sure they are
made known and not smuggled by intermediate
officers. It is an art which all monarchs have
practised who wish to be popular; but they soon
grow tired of it, and the people of them ; for
when the lower classes find it leads to nothing,
they begin to see through the bubble.

We are preparing to-day to receive the Turkish
ambassador, who is to stay three days here and
to be harangued by the municipality.

I should not talk of the beauties of Fontaine-
bleau if I thought they would tempt you to infi-
delity. They do not me; I see no dunghill like
my own, no trees, no water, no rocks, no moonó
I dare not say sunócomparable to ours; but, with
that exception, iota Anglia mihi sordet, I prefer
France. You will laugh at my neighbourhood.
On one side I have les dames de St. Cyr, from
Versailles, with twenty pensioners singing litanies
all day long. On the other, in the ci-devant
Count d'Artois' stables, is a regiment of cavalry,
who trumpet every hour for something or other,